I own three bottles of it, just in case I lose one.
It takes me a long time â€” if ever â€” to finish a bottle of nail polish, and I considered it to be something of an urban legend until I found my one consistent go-to color: Revlonâ€™s Colorstay Gel Envy in the shade â€œPerfect Pair.â€
Perfect Pair is the kind of color the beauty industry calls “nude” even though that term only really applies to certain (lighter) skin tones. It’s a little more pinkish and rosier than a traditional nude, and deeper in shade thanks to its brown undertones.
To get just the right color, I use two coats. The formula is slightly thick, creating a beautiful gel-like shine. (And although itâ€™s marketed as a gel, it doesnâ€™t require UV lights to dry and comes off pretty easily with nail polish remover.) Iâ€™d say it lasts about five days without any chipping.
But ultimately, perhaps one of my favorite things about it is itâ€™s eliminated the indecision around picking a color at the nail salon â€” particularly when you know you want something in the sandy beige range but donâ€™t know where to start. (Because really, how do you even distinguish between O.P.I. Samoan Sands and O.P.I. Donâ€™t Pretzel My Buttons? Or Essieâ€™sBallet Slippers and Birthday Suit?) With nail brands making dozens of iterations on the same color, often with only a hair of a difference â€” a slight grayish tinge here, a yellow undertone there â€” itâ€™s nice to have my own perfect shade.